Cancer Survivorship Program
A New Day, A New Life, A New You!
Your Cancer Treatment Is Over - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
You have finished your cancer treatment, now what? You are
probably relieved the demands of treatment are over and you are
ready to put this experience of a cancer diagnosis behind you.
For the majority of patients, the effects of treatment may be
minimal and you can return to “normal,” and have a good quality
of life. Some people, however, continue to experience the
effects of treatment both physically (pain, fatigue) and
emotionally (distress, depression). Additionally, the
anticipated relief of “it’s over” can be a time of anxiety; fear
of the unknown, fear of recurrence, and the loss of important
relationships with your cancer care team.
Your continued needs and quality of life beyond treatment are
important, and the Cancer Survivorship Program can help you move
beyond treatment and on with your life.
The team at UConn Health’s Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center
understands cancer treatment and side effects just don’t end
with your last treatment. Our new Standard of Cancer Care
includes a visit with an advanced practice nurse in our Cancer
Survivorship Program. During the one hour personalized care
visit, you can expect:
- An evaluation of the ongoing effects of your cancer
diagnosis and treatment; physically, emotionally, socially,
financially, and spiritually.
- A review of your health care team and coordination of
- A summary of your background information (including
genetics), type of cancer diagnosis and treatment received.
- A discussion about prevention of recurrence, new cancers
and potential late treatment side effects.
- A review of surveillance guidelines for cancer screening
as well as generalized health care.
- A written Survivorship Plan of Care will be provided to
you, sent to your primary care provider or other designated
health care provider(s) and put into your UConn Health
“The APRN was able to
empathize with me. The care plan feels helpful, informative, and
provides ideas to run with into the future, not a recap of bad
John W., colon cancer survivor
When Can a Survivorship Visit Take Place?
Your physician will determine when you are ready to schedule
an appointment with the Cancer Survivorship Program. This
usually takes place three to six months after the end of primary
cancer treatment. Many patients may still be taking medications,
such as hormonal therapies for breast cancer, and are still
welcome to our program.
Your health care team will schedule an appointment with the
Cancer Survivorship Program. Or simply ask if it’s right for
Discover Care as Unique as You
UConn Health’s Cancer Survivorship Program offers
personalized services to meet the unique and ongoing health care
needs of cancer survivors.
“I think the Survivorship
Care Plan is an excellent tool. I found after the interview,
someone was going to know what I had been through and would be
following me after my treatments ended. It puts all the contact
information in one place rather than all the business cards in
my wallet. The diagnosis and procedure information is helpful to
my family to have for future reference. Thank you for developing
this program for me, and for all future participants.”
Marie W., breast cancer survivor
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